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Mt. Abe grad wins prize for her first book


THIS PHOTO OF Cassie Fancher’s great-grandmother Elsie and her sheep Mabel, circa 1903, graces the cover of Fancher’s debut story collection, “Street of Widows,” which won the Howard Frank Mosher First Book Prize and will be published by Green Writers Press next month. Elsie and Mabel also appear as characters in the book, though not in the same story. Photo courtesy of Cassie Fancher

NEW HAVEN — One of the most impressive things about Cassie Fancher’s debut story collection, “Street of Widows,” aside from the fact that much of the material was written when she was a teenager, i

Review: OCM's 'Maid of Orleans'


A PEEK AT the costume rack for Opera Company of Middlebury's "The Maid of Orleans." Independent photo/Steve James

Why is it called “grand opera”? Opera Company of Middlebury mastered the genre in last week’s production of Tchaikovsky’s “Maid of Orleans,” with spectacle. soaring melodies and powerhouse voices.

'Hunchback of Notre Dame' screens in Brandon


LON CHANEY STARS as Quasimodo in the classic silent film version of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1923), a silent thriller to be screened with live music on Saturday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., at Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Square, Route 7 in Brandon. Admission is free; donations are encouraged, with all proceeds supporting ongoing restoration of the Town Hall.

It was a spectacular combination: Lon Chaney, the actor known as the “Man of 1,000 Faces,” and Universal’s big screen adaptation of Victor Hugo’s sprawling tale of the tortured Quasimodo.The result

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